College Football News Preview 2020: Pitt Panthers

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College Football News Preview 2020: Pitt Panthers

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College Football News Preview 2020: Pitt Panthers

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4. College Football News Preview 2020: Pitt Panthers Defense 3 Things To Know

If Pitt doesn’t have the most productive pass rushing defensive line in college football, some other team is going to be crushing it up front. This is an NFL-sized line with all of the parts back but senior Amir Watts at tackle.

Not only does the No. 1 sacking team in college football get back killer defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman – who led the team with 10.5 sacks – but it also gets back senior Patrick Jones on one end and junior Deslin Alexandre on the other side – they combine for 14 sacks.

Oh yeah, and Rashad Weaver is back from his knee injury after coming up with 6.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in 2018.

The linebacking corps needs a little reworking, but it doesn’t have quite as many responsibilities as most groups – the D line does most of the heavy lifting behind the line. However, senior Phil Campbell and junior Cam Bright are playmakers who can get behind the line. The corps needs a thumper on the inside, and that’s where 6-2, 250-pound senior Chase Pine should fit in.

The pass defense should’ve been a wee bit better considering it had the luxury of the best pass rush in the country helping the cause. Paris Ford is an all-star caliber safety who led the team with 97 tackles, but Dane Jackson will be missed at one corner but second-leading tackler Damar Hamlin is back at one safety job. There have to be more interceptions, and it starts with senior Damarri Mathis at corner – he was second on the team behind Ford with two picks.

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